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#socialbloggers 120 // Blogging and YouTube

As some of you may know, I’ve recently started making YouTube videos again. It was something I wanted to do for a while but watching…

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blogging and youtube

As some of you may know, I’ve recently started making YouTube videos again.

It was something I wanted to do for a while but watching yourself on video can be a traumatic experience. You see yourself from angles you don’t see in the mirror. You hear yourself different.

Did you know that when we speak, we hear our voice through sound waves hitting our ear drum like other people hear it – but in addition to this, we also hear our voice through the vibrations inside our skulls set off by our vocal chords – so everyone sounds different to other people as they do to themselves.

It’s shocking to hear it. Especially when you’re not used to it.

That’s why I stopped making videos before because I couldn’t stand to hear myself and see myself – my mannerisms, the angle of my chin, my profile. It really highlights those things you’re insecure about and makes them feel more intense.

I was supposed to talk at an event in London next weekend about blogging and I was shitting my pants (sadly, but with a bit of relief, it was cancelled). I was afraid of talking, but of having to use a microphone and having to hear myself. So I decided to start making videos again to try and get used to myself. Also so I could get used to speaking clearly without mumbling and try to get rid of any annoying things I do.

Like I rub my nose all the time. I say SO all the time. Or SO YEAH. I turn to the side too much showing all 7 of my chins. These are things I need to stop doing!

But you know what? It’s getting much easier. It’s a bit of give and take really – half of it is me honing in on those annoying things about myself and fixing them and the other half is me accepting the way I look and sound.

I feel a lot more comfortable with myself now. Not only on camera but in real life and I think it shows. I’m slowly being more myself in videos. Whereas before I’d be very monotone, I’m a bit more relaxed.

Do you YouTube? Does it make you feel awky pants?

blogging and youtube

Q1: Do you have a YouTube channel, why/why not?


Q2: Do you find it easy to make videos?


Q3: How do you feel seeing yourself on camera?


Q4: What do you think is the best way to get a YouTube following?


Q5: What type of videos do you think are most popular?

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3 comments

  1. I started stepping up my youtube videos to help me with public speaking too! 🙂 I tend to say “umm” a lot and I’m really trying to work on that. At the moment it’s a little harder – I’ll grab whatever time I can which is rare so I can’t work on things as much as I used to, but I’d really like to get back into it once baby boys routine is a little more predictable. At the moment I’m more comfortable behind the lens so I need to get up the confidence to be in front of it next 🙂

  2. I love the fact you say so a lot though, it makes you more “real” somehow. I also love the way you say because.

  3. Whenever I hear myself from a video or recording, it just makes me never want to speak again 🙂 I am bad at speaking anyway so making YouTube videos is almost impossible for me. You’re a good speaker and natural, keep being the way you are! I like watching vlogs and beauty videos, sometimes there are some really interesting things to watch 🙂 x

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